Sverre Stausland Johnsen

I am a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo.
I work on language change within the fields of phonology, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

E-mail: stausland dot johnsen at gmail dot com

My CV

(Norwegian CV)

News

Publications

(BibTeX file – biblatex file)

2016    Null subjects, preproprial articles, and the syntactic structure of Old Norwegian pronouns.
            Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift 34(2): 183–217. pdf link

2016    Neighborhood density in phonological alternations.
            BLS 36: 426–440. pdf link

2015    Språkendringar langs Oslofjorden [Language change along the Oslofjord].
            In Helge Sandøy (ed.) Talemål etter 1800.
            Oslo: Novus. 125–158. pdf link

2015    Dialect change in South-East Norway and the role of attitude in diffusion.
            Journal of Sociolinguistics 19(5): 612–642. pdf preprint link

2015    Vowel reduction in verbs in King Alfred’s Pastoral Care.
            In Dag Haug (ed.) Historical linguistics 2013.
            Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 19–40. pdf preprint link
                Data files: Data Analysis

2014    Review of Kristján Árnason ‘The phonology of Icelandic and Faroese’.
            Phonology 31(2): 329–337. pdf link

2013    The articulation of Norwegian retroflexes.
            Journal of Phonetics 41(1): 56–58. pdf link

2012    A diachronic account of phonological unnaturalness.
            Phonology 29(3): 505–531. pdf link

2012    Variation in Norwegian retroflexion.
            Nordic Journal of Linguistics 35(2): 197–212. pdf link
                Data files: Data Analysis

2012    Syncope of long in Old Norse nouns.
            In John Ole Askedal, Tom Schmidt, and Rolf Theil (eds.) Germansk filologi og norske ord.
            Oslo: Novus. 33–51. pdf link

2012    From perception to phonology: The emergence of perceptually motivated constraint rankings.
            Lingua 122(2): 125–143. pdf link
                Data files: Data Analysis Stimuli

2011    The origin of variation in Norwegian retroflexion.
            Ph.D. dissertation. Harvard University. pdf link

2011    The phonetics and phonologization of Verner’s law.
            In Thomas Krisch and Thomas Lindner (eds.) Indogermanistik und Linguistik im Dialog.
            Wiesbaden: Reichert. 232–241. pdf link

2009    Non-local binding in tenseless clauses.
            CLS 45(2): 103–116. pdf link

2009    The development of voiced labiovelars in Germanic.
            In Stephanie Jamison, Craig Melchert, and Brent Vine (eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference.
            Bremen: Hempen. 197–211. pdf link

2008    Tense and binding in perception verb complements.
            Ph.D. generals paper. Harvard University. pdf

2007    The development of voiced labiovelars in Germanic.
            Harvard Working Papers in Linguistics 12: 15–26. pdf link

2006    Review of R. Nedoma ‘Kleine Grammatik des Altisländischen. 2. Auflage’.
            Die Sprache. pdf
            Accepted for publication, but never appeared in print.

2005    The historical development of Gothic aba and its n-stem anomalies.
            Historische Sprachforschung 118: 251–262. pdf link

2005    The Germanic (i)jō-stem declension. Origin and development.
            M.Phil. dissertation. University of Oslo. pdf doc link

2004    Review of R. Nedoma ‘Kleine Grammatik des Altisländischen’.
            North-Western Language Evolution 45: 119–123. pdf link

2003    Ljodsamhøvet i AM 315 f fol. [The vowel harmony in AM 315 f fol.].
            Arkiv för nordisk filologi 118: 47–75. pdf link

2003    Sanningsdyljing i målvitskapen.
            Målmannen 2(2): 2. pdf link

2002    Eit forsvar for norsken.
            (with Klaus Johan Myrvoll, Anders Olsen, and Kjetil Aasen)
            Syn og segn 108(1): 56–61. pdf link

2001    Ordsoga åt dei heimlege ordi.
            Review of H. Bjorvand & F. O. Lindeman ‘Våre arveord. Etymologisk ordbok’.
            Vestmannen 17(3): 6, 10, 14. pdf link

2001    Meir um j-fenging
            Høgnorsknytt 2001(1): 4–6. pdf link

2000    Målreinsking – ein uting?
            Høgnorsknytt 2000(4): 7–8. pdf link

2000    J-fenging.
            Høgnorsknytt 2000(3): 4–5. pdf link

Talks

The talks listed below are only those with links to pdf versions of the handout or slides.
Other talks have been superseded by newer talks or by publications.
For a full list of my presentations, please see my CV.
If you for some reason want the original handout or slides for talks not listed below, you can find them here.

Mar 2015  Vowel harmony in an Old Norwegian manuscript
                  Vowel harmony in Old Norwegian.
                  University of Bergen. pdf

Nov 2013  Ivar Aasen og normgrunnlaget for landsmålet.
                  The 15th Meeting on the Norwegian Language (MONS).
                  University of Oslo. pdf

Jan 2013    Fagdidaktiske problem med én eller tre karakterer i norskfaget i studieforberedende retning i videregående skole.
                  Department of Cultural Studies and Languages.
                  University of Stavanger. pdf

Jan 2013    Grammatiske problem med å beskrive ordklassen adverb og setningsleddet adverbial i norsk.
                  Department of Cultural Studies and Languages.
                  University of Stavanger. pdf

Apr 2011   Rhyme acceptability determined by perceived similarity.
                  The 29th Weast Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL).
                  University of Arizona. pdf

Sep 2008   Finality constraints in Burmese – history and synchrony.
                  The 41st International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL).
                  University of London. pdf

Dec 2007   Perceptual and articulatory notes on the origin of Germanic geminates.
                  GSAS Workshop in Historical Linguistics.
                  Harvard University. pdf

Nov 2006  The historical derivation of Gothic aba ‘husband’.
                  The 18th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference.
                  University of California, Los Angeles. pdf